Welcome to Week Eleven of The Master Key System! Also, welcome to episode 15 of these Teleseminars. Who would have “thunk” that we’d make it to fifteen episodes?
We did. A big part of that has to do with what Haanel wrote in Week Four.
12. Unless you do this, you had better not start at all, because modern Psychology tells us that when we start something and do not complete it, or make a resolution and do not keep it, we are forming the habit of failure—absolute, ignominious failure. If you do not intend to do a thing, do not start. If you do start, see it through even if the heavens fall; if you make up your mind to do something, do it; let nothing, no one interfere; the “I” in you has determined, the thing is settled; the die is cast, there is no longer any argument.
On to Week Eleven — “Inductive Reasoning and the Objective Mind.”
At first glance, this seems like a strange week. The ideas seem “out there.” There is no real exercise as we’ve become accustomed to them at the end of he chapter. Haanel seems to go on tangents.
That being said, there is a lot going on here this week, the main thrust of which can be summed in a story I related in The Master Key Workbook.
When President Kennedy decided in 1960 that the United States would put a man on the moon in ten years, most of the technology to accomplish the task was not yet available. The decision to set the goal—the belief in its possibility and the belief that it could be achieved—produced the necessary scientific and technological breakthroughs to make it possible, and the resulting spin-offs of these new technologies altered our lives for the better.
Or as Haanel instructed us so perfunctorily yet eloquently –
We are first to believe that our desire has already been fulfilled. Its accomplishment will then follow.
One question that I get asked a lot, both through www.masterkeycoaching.com and from my private clients, is, What is this inductive reasoning?
In the first three points, Haanel defines inductive reasoning.
- Inductive reasoning is the process of the objective mind by which we compare a number of separate instances with one another until we see the common factor that gives rise to them all.
- Induction proceeds by comparison of facts. It is this method of studying nature which has resulted in the discovery of a reign of law which has marked an epoch in human progress.
- It is the dividing line between superstition and intelligence. It has eliminated the elements of uncertainty and caprice from men’s lives and substituted law, reason, and certitude.
We all do this naturally to one degree or another. It’s what we do as human beings with our intelligence, our consciousness, our gift of reason. We look at the things around us and as we “figure them out,” we draw conclusions to tie things together, to make observations that will serve us in future endeavours.
Let’s look at the examples Haanel used.
8. It is our privilege to become conscious of the principle and act in accordance with it. Cuvier sees a tooth belonging to an extinct race of animals. This tooth wants a body for the performance of its function and it defines the peculiar body it stands in need of with such precision that Cuvier is able to reconstruct the frame of this animal.
9. Perturbations are observed in the motions of Uranus. Leverrier needs another star at a certain place to keep the solar system in order and Neptune appears in the place and hour appointed.
When the naturalist Georges Cuvier would find a bone or a fossil, he would use his creative imagination to take the facts he has at his disposal to form an image of what the entire animal would look like. He doesn’t use fantasy or wild guesses, he relies on his knowledge of the subject — zoology — and the facts he has. He uses his reason. He thinks. He thus delivers to us a vision of the world heretofore unknown.
The same process and methods apply to Urbain Le Verrier. From Wikipedia,
Le Verrier’s most famous achievement is his prediction of the existence of the then unknown planet Neptune, using only mathematics and astronomical observations of the known planet Uranus. Encouraged by physicist Arago, Director of the Paris Observatory, Le Verrier was intensely engaged for months in complex calculations to explain small but systematic discrepancies between Uranus’s observed orbit and the one predicted from the laws of gravity of Newton. At the same time, but unknown to Le Verrier, similar calculations were made by John Couch Adams in England. Le Verrier announced his final predicted position for Uranus’s unseen perturbing planet publicly to the French Academy on 31 August 1846, two days before Adams’s final solution, which turned out to be 12° off the mark, was privately mailed to the Royal Greenwich Observatory. Le Verrier transmitted his own prediction by 18 September letter to Johann Galle of the Berlin Observatory. The letter arrived five days later, and the planet was found with the Berlin Fraunhofer refractor that same evening, 23 September 1846, by Galle and Heinrich d’Arrest within 1° of the predicted location near the boundary between Capricorn and Aquarius.
See how that works?
Do you also see how you do that perhaps every day?
You see facts. You see things around you. You then make observations and predictions based on what you see. No matter how base your subject matter is, you do this! The goal is to now do this with a lofty goal in mind.
So, what’s the first step?
Let’s let Haanel provide us with that.
16. Here we find a method, the spirit of which is to believe that what is sought has been accomplished in order to accomplish it: a method bequeathed upon us by the same Plato who, outside of this sphere, could never find how the ideas became realities.
17. This conception is also elaborated by Swedenborg in his doctrine of correspondences; and a still greater teacher has said, “What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.” (Mark XI, 24 R. V.) The difference of the tenses in this passage is remarkable.
18. We are first to believe that our desire has already been fulfilled, its accomplishment will then follow. This is a concise direction for making use of the creative power of thought by impressing on the Universal subjective mind the particular thing which we desire as an already existing fact.
19. We are thus thinking on the plane of the absolute and eliminating all consideration of conditions or limitation and are planting a seed which, if left undisturbed, will finally germinate into existing fact.
We must build our goal mentally. We must build our vision. Remember, not fantasy nor daydreams! We must build a goal that is more than self-serving. Whatever that goal is, though, we must thoroughly build it in our mind.
Once that is accomplished, we are then to believe — to have faith — that it is already fulfilled. Why is that important?
That belief will push us forward. It will give to us the impetus to make our plans and then execute them. That faith in the unknown will transform into faith in yourself — faith in your abilities, your reasoning, your knowledge.
What if you have nothing with which to start or you don’t yet have the knowledge to make what you’ve envisioned.
What you don’t have you don’t need it now
What you don’t know you can feel it somehow
In other words, get started. As you progress towards your goal, as you have faith in its accomplishment, as you work and think, you will find the things, people, and events you require to make your vision possible. Now, it won’t happen overnight! It also won’t necessarily be an easy journey. With faith and persistence as your two best friends by your side, you will get to where you want to go.
Even if you fail to reach your goal, it’s still better than never pursuing it at all! As we said a couple of times on the call this week, “Shoot for the Moon … Even if you miss, you’ll find yourself amongst the stars.”
Let’s look at how Haanel leads to the end of this week.
29. By far the greatest discovery of all the centuries is the power of thought. The importance of this discovery has been a little slow in reaching the general consciousness, but it has arrived, and already in every field of research the importance of this greatest of all great discoveries is being demonstrated.
As we’ve been averring throughout all these teleseminars, this is one of the key points that one should obtain by reading The Master Key System and all of Haanel’s works. In the next point, Haanel will explain it further, but for now let me point out that this does not refer to just thinking about things and having them “manifest.” No, it is much greater and much grander than that!
30. You ask in what does the creative power of thought consist? It consists in creating ideas, and these in turn objectify themselves by appropriating, inventing, observing, discerning, discovering, analyzing, ruling, governing, combining, and applying matter and force. It can do this because it is an intelligent creative power.
Our creative power of thought guides us. It allows us to do the things necessary to bring our visions into reality. We think, we plan, then we do.
31. Thought reaches its loftiest activity when plunged into its own mysterious depth; when it breaks through the narrow compass of self and passes from truth to truth to the region of eternal light, where all which is, was, or ever will be, melt into one grand harmony.
When we take our thought from our “narrow compass of self” and allow it to flow in the world by thinking great thoughts and learning and using great ideas, we touch the infinite — we become more than what we are because we touch all that ever was and all that ever will be. As Isaac Newton wrote to Robert Hooke, “If I have seen further it is only by standing on the shoulders of giants.”
32. From this process of self contemplation comes inspiration which is creative intelligence, and which is undeniably superior to every element, force, or law of nature, because it can understand, modify, govern, and apply them to its own ends and purposes and therefore possess them.
As we fill ourselves with great thoughts and new ideas, we will become inspired. Our creative intelligence — inspiration — will work with what we have and work with the objective world and allow us to master it.
33. Wisdom begins with the dawn of reason, and reason is but an understanding of the knowledge and principles whereby we may know the true meaning of things. Wisdom, then, is illuminated reason, and this wisdom leads to humility, for humility is a large part of Wisdom.
All of the things that are coming to us and that will come to us do so as we “know the true meaning of things.” Once again, not flights of fancy or day dreams, but true knowledge learned and applied. Then, as we experience and experiment, we gain wisdom, that “illuminated reason” that differentiates the winner form the loser, the great from the banal, the light from the dark.
As we discussed on this call, have a look at what Virgin Galactic is doing. With the vision of one man and the the know-how of another, commercial space flight is soon to be a reality. The stuff of science fiction is about to become the stuff of everyday life.
What grand goals do you have? What is it you want to accomplish?
Let this be your starting bell to get started.
Until next week, get for yourself the best of everything.